Lois Madolyn (Nee Hamm) Ahlhauser Obituary

Lois Madolyn (née Hamm) Ahlhauser was called from this life to eternal life on June 16, 2022. Joyfully welcomed by her husband, John, her parents, her sisters, her granddaughter Martha and her great-grandson Reza Noor . Born November 15, 1925 in Arkansas City KS, the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression were the influencers of her childhood. She graduated from Enid OK High School in 1942 and later graduated from St Joseph School of Nursing in Joliet Il. (Joliet was the farthest from home she was allowed to go as it was the last stop on the railway line which employed her father. She lied about applying to St Joe’s as she was underage, having graduated from high school at age 16.) She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University in 1947. Lois also earned her master’s degree in early childhood education in 1972. With these skills, and in In addition to her work as a registered nurse, she taught clinics at Marquette, Children’s Hospital, and Alverno College and rose to director of the Human Services, Health, and Technology Division. visual communications at IVY Tech while living in Bloomington IN from 1972 to 2001. (Yes, education was a priority!) In keeping with that tradition, Lois donated her body to the Medical College of Wisconsin. More so, his commitment to faith and social justice guided his daily decisions. Her activism was visible in the Civil Rights Movement (even though she couldn’t walk, she sent her children), Christian Family Movement, International Institute, Voice of the Faithful, St. John’s on the Lake, Call to Action and each election cycle. Everyone who got to know Lois discovered her love of art, a crucial spiritual outlet for her. From textiles and screen printing (yes, she designed Christmas cards and we created 500 screen printed, composed, handmade and hand addressed cards each year) to teaching summer art classes for neighborhood children, from quilting to sewing bathrobes and children’s costumes. , she did everything in her “free time”. As was typical of the day, Mom was a one-woman support team for John. An early feminist, she brought her talents to bear on social justice, lawsuits, and John’s professional and academic success. They turned out to be an invincible team. We are comforted by their reunion. As if that weren’t enough, she (and John) raised 6 children (Kate [Joe] Meloy, Bill Ahlhauser [Ellen Parmalee]Marie/Mame [Bill] O’Meara, Ann [Jim] Ryan, Margi Ahlhauser, Joan Barchi) who all survive him. Besides her children and their partners, she is survived by 12 grandchildren (and partners), 6 great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life, Light and Color will be held at St John’s on the Lake Chapel (Center Tower), 1840 N Prospect Av., Milwaukee WI on Thursday 06/30/2022 at 11am. The family are especially grateful to all the staff at St John’s for the loving care mum has received in the Stratford community since moving in December 2020. Their care and loving attention has been invaluable to mum – and to all of us. The service will be live on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6128500269 Instead of flowers, donations preferred: https://www.maryspence.org/ways-to-help/donate/

Posted on June 25, 2022

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St John’s on the Lake Chapel (Center Tower), 1840 N Prospect Av., Milwaukee WI

June 30, 2022 at 11:00


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